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Iran Talks Blast through Deadline for a Nuclear Deal06/30/15
Negotiators in Vienna have postponed today's deadline for reaching a deal with Iran until next Tuesday?as each side is beginning to blame the other in case of failure. If there's no agreement on limiting nuclear technology, will economic sanctions be...
Justice Kennedy Leads the Supreme Court towards a Historic...
Instead of being the predicted yawner, Supreme Court session ending today has produced its share of blockbuster decisions. We look at today's three, final 5-to 4-rulings and what this year's session might reveal about the future.
What's Next for Gay Marriage?
The US Supreme Court was divided today, but the majority made history by ruling that the 14th amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right of gays and lesbians to be married. President Obama called it a victory for all Americans.
SCOTUS Saves Obamacare Once Again
President Obama celebrated a 6-to-3 majority led by Chief Justice John Roberts ? over a blistering dissent by Justice Antonin Scalia. Conservative states will be spared from chaos in the insurance marketplace, but Republicans promise the fight will...
Church Shooting Stirs Nationwide Debate over the...
Last week?s murder of nine black people in their place of sanctuary has confronted America once again with the specter of racism ? past and present. What about the future? Can the country move forward when we can?t agree on the past?
Solitary Confinement Abuses Could Open Door to Wider...
More than 100 years ago, the US Supreme Court acknowledged the cruelty of solitary confinement. Recently, the suicide of a New York teenager isolated for two years without ever being charged has created an uproar. Why is solitary still used? What are...
World's Refugee Population Nears 60 Million
Around the world, more people have been forced from their homes than at any time in history. The number of refugees has doubled in just 10 years -- and 30 million are children. We hear about measures being taken to stem the tide and the consequences...
Will Smart Guns Ever Hit the Marketplace?
Another mass shooting has raised many issues, including the increase in gun violence ? not just from mass shootings, but also from homicides, suicides and accidents. Advocates say "smart gun" technology can make weapons safer. So why isn't it...
A Massacre in a Place of Solace
Nine people were shot to death last night during prayer at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. A young, white suspect has been arrested. He's reported as saying he wanted to kill black people. We hear how the victims are being...
Obama's Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Quagmire
The Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership has been delayed in Congress, while President Obama and Republican leaders try to keep it alive. We hear about the long-term consequences for Japan, China and a multitude of American interests.
Edging Back into Iraq
President Obama has promised to "degrade and eventually destroy" the Islamic State ? without sending combat troops back to Iraq. Will training Iraqi soldiers be enough? Is there the political will to do anything more?
Presidential Politics and Family History
For the second time, Democrat Hillary Clinton is making her case to be America's first woman president. We hear how she ? and Republican Jeb Bush ? deal with years of familiarity.
Will the US Military Lift Its Transgender Ban?
The Pentagon has long prohibited discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex or age. This week, the same protections have been extended to gays and lesbians ? but transgender people are subject to discharge. We hear what it's like to serve when...
Solving America's Student Debt Problem
The collapse of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges may cost American taxpayers $3.6 billion ? even as declining taxpayer support has driven tuition sky high at public universities. Student debt is more than a trillion dollars, and it's already an...
Are H-1B Visas Costing American Jobs?
Critics say the H-1B Visa program is almost an incentive for American companies to replace their employees with lower-paid foreign workers. We hear how some Americans have been laid off and then required to train their own replacements from other...
Historic Parliament Gains Could Transform Turkey's...
Sunday's parliamentary elections mean big change in Turkey ? good news for Kurds, secularists and other minorities; bad news for President Erdo?an, his drive for personal power and his Islamist political party. It also means new instability in a...
Hackers Access Information of 4 Million Government...
Millions of US government personnel records were not as well protected as most Americans' online bank accounts. That's just one embarrassing lesson from a massive hacking attack that probably came from China. What was it for? Is cyber security being...
When It Comes to Fracking, Big Government Trumps Local...
"Fracking" is used to extract underground oil and gas. The more it's used, the more controversial it becomes. A new EPA report is being cheered by both environmentalists and the energy industry ? but the battle is far from over.
Documenting Officer-Involved Shootings
The FBI says police kill about 500 people a year in the United States. Two newspapers report it's at least twice that many. The truth is that nobody knows. Do we need new rules to establish accountability?
Could Desalination Be the Solution to Our Water Woes?
Global warming, drought and increased population are combining to increase the pressure on water supplies worldwide. Is desalination the solution?a stop gap?or technological overkill that's not worth what it costs?
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